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BUDGET BATTLE

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner accelerate efforts to prevent the U.S. Treasury from a catastrophic default and end a partial government shutdown that stretched into an 11th day. AP Photos.

OBAMA-MALALA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama meets with 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls' education and the target of a Taliban assassination attempt who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. By Jessica Gresko.

NUCLEAR MISSTEPS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force fires the general in charge of its nuclear missiles just two days after a Navy admiral with top nuclear weapons responsibilities was sacked. Both men are caught up in investigations of alleged personal misconduct, adding to a cascade of turmoil inside the nation's nuclear weapons force. By Robert Burns.

AFRICAN TERRORIST RAIDS-INTERROGATION

NEW YORK (AP) — A Libyan man under indictment in the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa must arrive in New York and prove he cannot afford a lawyer before a public defender can be appointed to represent him, a Manhattan judge says. By Larry Neumeister.

VENEZUELA-GUYANA-SHIP DETAINED

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana's government says that Venezuela's navy has detained a ship operated by a U.S. oil company in waters disputed by the neighboring South American countries. The ship, which has five U.S. citizens on board, was conducting a seismic survey under contract for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. By Bert Wilkinson and Ben Fox.

PANAMA-SHIP SEIZED

PANAMA CITY — Two Cuban fighter jets seized from a North Korean ship in July were in perfect condition to operate and the 15 plane engines that were found along with them were relatively new and could be used as replacements, a Panamanian official said. By Juan Zamorano. AP Photo.

MEXICO-PREGNANT WOMAN DENIED HELP

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities fire the director of a hospital where a woman gave birth in a waiting room, an incident that prompted outrage when video of it was widely shared on social media sites. By Adriana Gomez Licon.

PIRACY-THE UNTOLD STORY

WASHINGTON (AP) — After U.S. Navy SEAL snipers conducted a dramatic rescue in 2009 that freed a cargo ship captain being held by pirates, $30,000 disappeared from a lifeboat and military officials, who had said that just three shots were fired, soon learned that number was actually much higher. Those are among the messy details missing from previous accounts of the famous raid, including a new Hollywood version starring Tom Hanks. By Adam Goldman. AP Photos.

EXECUTION DRUG

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's governor halts what was to have been the first execution in the United States to use the anesthetic propofol, following threats from the European Union to limit export of the drug if it was used to carry out the death penalty. By Jim Salter. AP Photos.

AMERICAN DETAINED

SEATTLE (AP) — An ailing American who has been detained in North Korea for 11 months has had an emotional reunion with his mother for the first time since he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, the family says. By Gene Johnson. AP Photos.

SAUDI SERGEANT-RAPE CHARGE

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prosecutor set a scene Friday of a frightened 13-year-old boy escaping after being raped in a guest room bathroom and running to an elevator at a Las Vegas Strip hotel, looking over his shoulder as if he feared he was being followed. By Ken Ritter.

CANADA-EGYPT CANADIANS ARRESTED

TORONTO (AP) — Two Canadians who were barred from leaving Egypt following weeks of imprisonment without charges have returned to Canada. By Rob Gillies. AP Photos.

CANADA'S MOMENT

Alice Munro's Nobel Prize is a morale boost for a country that has been generating an unusual run of bad headlines. By Charmaine Noronha. AP Photos.

BUSINESS:

TOYOTA LAWUITS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Toyota Motor Corp. still faces a bundle of lawsuits claiming that defective electronics caused some of its cars to accelerate uncontrollably, often with tragic results, another courtroom victory has given the automaker momentum heading into those other cases. By Justin Pritchard. AP Photos.

SHUTDOWN-ECONOMY

WASHINGTON (AP) — New airplanes are grounded, investigations of fatal air and car crashes are going undone and scientific studies dependent on government funding have ground to a halt because of the partial government shutdown now in its second week, the Senate Commerce Committee is told. By Henry Jackson. AP Photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a kid, Randy Moore was haunted by Disney World, where he made an annual trip during summers with his dad. So as an adult, and a filmmaker, Moore wanted to capture and question the allure of such manufactured-fantasy. By Sandy Cohen. AP Photos.

PEOPLE-ASHLEY TISDALE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ashley Tisdale said she's delighted to voice the title character in Hub TV's new "Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch." But her 3-year-old niece has her beat. By Lynn Elber. AP Photos.